Party Food on a Budget
I'm co-hosting a gathering tomorrow night, and obviously I am in charge of the food. Not doing anything fancy--just some gussied-up Trader Joe's fare, but it's going to be delicious. Also it was <$60.
- •Makings of guacamoleAvocados, onion, cilantro, jalapeño. I already have lime, garlic, and salt. I'll mash it all together a few minutes before people arrive.
- •ChipsFor the guac.
- •CheeseSomething creamy (honey goat) something blue (cave-aged blue), something smoky (smoked mozzarella) something new (aka unexpected, like this Red Leicester).
- •CrackersAll types, for the cheese. I especially love and recommend the fig-olive ones.
- •Sesame sticksEveryone loves these, but they forget that they love them, and then they see them in a bowl, are reminded that they love them, and suddenly feel very happy.
- •Cilantro yogurt dip and white bean hummusMy favorites of the TJ's dips collection.
- •Baby carrotsFor dippin'.
- •Garlic naanI'll slice it into strips and serve it with the dips. It's softer and fresher tasting then the Trader Joe's pita.
- •Sea salt browniesDelicious.
- •Strawberries and grapesThese serve two purposes: obviously they're yummy and people like to eat them, but they also make platters of cheeses and desserts look so much prettier.